The COVID-19 pandemic has severely effected the tourism and hospitality industry globally. While the easing up of restrictions has allowed more movement, and more establishments to reopen, travel is still very much limited. Having said that, now is definitely the time to support local!
As Mactan Island is dotted by world-class hotels and resorts, each with their own unique offerings, it is easy to overlook this charming yet unassuming property, quite hidden along the eastern shores of Mactan. It has been four years since my last visit to Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel.
Costabella, which opened in July 1981, is the longest operating resort in Lapu-Lapu City. The 1.7 hectare beachfront property has 156 well-appointed rooms.
True to its name, it not only is a beach property as its well-landscaped gardens make for a very relaxing stay, especially now in the “new normal”. The resort is abundant with open spaces which provide a calming effect, something we all need during these stressful times. Costabella is perfect for families looking to staycation the weekend away.
We stayed at a Premier Deluxe Poolside Room. The room was complete with amenities (two double or one king bed, individually controlled air conditioning, flat screen cable TV, IDD and NDD telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room safe, mini bar, complimentary bottled water, bath and dental amenities, hair dryer, etc.) and had its own bathtub and balcony which afforded glorious views of the pool, gardens and beach. I loved the bed and pillows! The architecture at Costabella is contemporary Filipino-Spanish with intricate furniture which added to the consistent homey atmosphere.
Pre-pandemic, the resort operated three restaurants. Currently, only the main restaurant, La Marina is operational. Breakfast is served in set meals. Meanwhile a la carte service is available for the rest of the day. The food is AMAZING! You can probably judge by the food we ordered that we’re carnivores. Not in the photos, but you need to try the Paella, Burger and Halo-Halo.
The Boardwalk and Sunset Chill
The Boardwalk was still on its early stages of construction during my last visit. It is a well thought-of addition! The Boardwalk extends towards the sea and is the perfect venue to relax and just let time pass on their handwoven bed cabanas, lounge chairs and cushioned wooden sunbeds.
On Saturdays 4PM-6PM, ambient lounge music sets the mood, with glorious tapas and cocktails, at nothing more than P200+ each with Costabella’s Sunset Chill. It is a unique seaside atmosphere worth experiencing.
The staff were all warm, friendly and very attentive. It felt like we were welcomed to a close friend’s house. Truly genuine Cebuano hospitality.
Room for Improvement
Because of the changing times and flexible work options, our dependence on the internet has been magnified now more than ever. The Wi-Fi connection at the resort can be improved by addressing some dead spots and a much-needed speed boost.
The safety and well-being of their guests remains as top priority. Health protocols are in place to ensure our peace of mind. Temperature check and hand disinfection are done upon entry. A health declaration form is also to be filled out upon arrival. Hand disinfection stations are scattered in common areas. Wearing of face mask is mandatory, except when swimming, eating or inside the rooms.
SUPPORT LOCAL! For more information about Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel, visit their Facebook page.